Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Kristin Hannah 08/11/17
The line was out the door and down the sidewalk at the Marysville Opera House on Friday night, Aug. 11.
Taking the stage was the acclaimed novelist Kristin Hannah and those standing in line while clutching copies of "The Nightingale" and other titles from the prolific writer’s bibliography were not disappointed at the semi-annual event hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations support foundation-assisted programs at Sno-Isle Libraries.
Hannah’s personable demeanor was on display as she stood for 30 minutes before going on stage, greeting fans, signing books and posing for “selfies” and other photos. Once on stage, Hannah was interviewed by Anna Rohrbough, a 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker. After the program, Hannah sat for more book signings while chatting with fans.
“Kristin was so generous with her time and with the audience, I can’t thank her enough,” Foundation Executive Director Paul Pitkin said. “The event was just a wonderful success.”
Hannah shared some perspective on her characters as well as her approach to writing during a Q&A session with audience members.
“I used to have a very disciplined approach,” Hannah said. “I’d do the research, create an outline and write the book from the outline.” Having a child, along with other life and writing experiences, has brought some adjustments and forced flexibility, she said to affirming nods in the audience.
Hannah said she writes in long hand on legal pads. Rewriting is a big part of her process and noted that “The Nightingale,” which involves the lives of two sisters in WWII France, originally had only one main character.
Educated as a lawyer with a degree from the University of Washington Law School, Hannah said it was her mother who suggested she was really a writer. After her mother passed away, Hannah shared that it was a book project originally prodded by her mother that brought her to writing.
“The Nightingale” was published in 2015 and is in movie pre-production in Hollywood with expected release in 2019. Hannah’s next book, “The Great Alone,” is scheduled to be published in February, 2018.
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